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HAITI: NGO wins award but "still so much to do"
19 May 2010 (PlusNews ), When the earthquake hit Port au Prince on 12 January, Bill Pape and the rest of the staff of GHESKIO, the country's largest HIV NGO, were unprepared.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: HIV testing and treatment to prevent TB
19 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Diagnosing HIV early and starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment could be the most important weapons in the battle against HIV-associated tuberculosis, but this would need a huge injection of resources in southern Africa, where the dual epidemics of TB and HIV claim the most lives.
KENYA: Buckling under the financial strain of living with HIV
17 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Maria Obonyo walked 70km from her home to the nearest hospital in western Kenya's Bondo District to seek treatment for an uncomfortable rash but could not afford the US$2 for the ointment the doctor recommended.
SOUTH AFRICA: Straight talk with South Africa's Health Minister
14 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, appointed South Africa's Health Minister about a year ago, is in charge of the world's largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme. Many AIDS activists credit him with helping to usher in a new approach to HIV and AIDS, including changes to treatment guidelines announced by President Jacob Zuma on World AIDS Day 2009. Can the government deliver? IRIN/PlusNews spoke to the minister to find out.
SOUTH AFRICA: Children's healthcare missing the mark
13 May 2010 (PlusNews ), South Africa has achieved near universal access to health services for pregnant women and their children, but maternal and infant mortality rates have continued to rise making the chances of reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health increasingly remote.
SOUTH AFRICA: Government is first to join major patent pool
12 May 2010 (PlusNews ), A South African government agency has become the first to join the world's leading patent pool for neglected diseases, a move that could bolster home-grown innovations in the fight against diseases including tuberculosis (TB).
KENYA: HPV infection heightens HIV risk in men
12 May 2010 (PlusNews ), The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could be a useful tool in HIV prevention, according to a study, which found that Kenyan men infected with HPV were more likely than uninfected men to contract the HI virus.
GLOBAL: Grannies gather for AIDS summit
11 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Grandmothers from all over Africa have joined hands with grandmothers in Canada to call for greater support and recognition of their role in caring for grandchildren orphaned by AIDS.
UGANDA: Minister's turnaround on HIV bill raises concern
11 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Ugandan AIDS activists have expressed concern over a decision by the Ministry of Health to back an HIV/AIDS bill that would criminalize the deliberate transmission of HIV.
SWAZILAND: Mobile clinics in cash crunch
11 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Mobile clinics for HIV patients have been benefiting entire communities in rural Swaziland, but tight budgets have scuppered plans to expand the project, or even sustain a fleet of just two vehicles.
MALAWI: PMTCT battles missing drugs, missing moms
7 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Services to prevent the mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV are gaining ground in Malawi but the country continues to battle drug shortages and mothers and infants that disappear to follow-up and treatment.
AFRICA: AIDS activists ousted during World Economic Forum
7 May 2010 (PlusNews ), The Tanzanian government has deported several AIDS activists and cancelled a demonstration to protest decreasing funding for HIV at the World Economic Forum in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.
GLOBAL: Headaches for HIV-positive travellers
6 May 2010 (PlusNews ), China recently became the latest country to lift travel restrictions on people living with HIV, following in the footsteps of the United States.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Same problems, less funding
4 May 2010 (PlusNews ), Without adequate funding, barriers to HIV treatment are likely to remain unchanged in spite of growing demand, a new report has warned.
ETHIOPIA: In search of "made-to-measure" HIV prevention
3 May 2010 (PlusNews ), With more than half of all Ethiopian adults tested for HIV in the past five years and a campaign for behaviour change in place, specialists are now calling for a more targeted approach.
AFRICA: Leaders go public with the test
3 May 2010 (PlusNews ), South African President Jacob Zuma recently launched one of the most ambitious voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) campaigns in history by disclosing his HIV-negative status. Ministers and provincial premiers have been following his example, but politicians in Africa have not always been so forthcoming. IRIN/PlusNews charts the history of who has and has not stepped up for "the prick".
GLOBAL: Mortality data reveals HIV treatment progress
30 April 2010 (PlusNews ), A new study of adult mortality tells the tale of HIV over decades and across borders and how treatment may have helped to rewrite the ending
ZAMBIA: Poor conditions mean double jeopardy for inmates
29 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Doing time in Zambia's prisons may be a death sentence, regardless of the crime or conviction, as conditions behind bars drive high rates of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) says a new report.
SOUTH AFRICA: Bongi Rubushe, "I think it is good that President Jacob Zuma announced his HIV status"
28 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Bongi Rubushe, 24, is a medical student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also working as a volunteer in the national HIV counselling and testing campaign, which aims to encourage 15 million people to be tested by June 2011. IRIN/PlusNews spoke to her at Natalspruit Hospital, east of Johannesburg, where the campaign was launched on 25 April 2010.
ETHIOPIA: Feeding family unity
23 April 2010 (PlusNews ), Grandmother Anchilalo Ejigu was distraught when her daughter died two years ago, leaving behind two children under five; the family’s other relatives refused to take in the children, so at the age of 50, Anchilalo became a parent all over again.

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